When selecting doors for a home, building or a workplace, the first step is to know about their functional requirements, whether the door is durable, strong, cost-effective etc.. further, comes the thought of installing a fire door. But before getting into that, do you have a clear idea about what makes fire doors different from normal doors? If not then you don’t need to worry, we’ve got you covered.
Continue reading as we present the key difference between normal doors and fire doors.
Standard doors are used to welcome one to a certain place or an environment, but when that place experiences a disaster, fire doors will lead a person towards staircase, corridors or other escape routes safeguarding lives and properties. Interior doors are made up of FRP, wood, steels and other materials pasted together that contain some anti-fire properties. Whereas, fire doors are designed to stop the spread of fire and smoke. They are given a fire-resistance rating, and are usually made of a combination of glass, gypsum, steel, timber and aluminium. Due to the use of such composite materials they are notably much heavier than normal internal doors and hence, a fire door as compared to normal standard door requires a lot of strength to push or pull.
Surely all kind of doors provide us with security! Some with water, others with termite and harsh weathering conditions and many such other things but what about security during emergency times? And do non-fire rated doors withstand fire? The answer to this is no, only having a standard door is never enough since they are not designed to protect us from the storm of fire. Therefore, fire door is the one whose purpose is to enable an escape route through a property in case of a fire and help to compartmentalise fire, preventing the spread of smoke and flames.
Unlike peep hole for entrance doors, fire doors have a glass that act as a barrier against flames, stopping their spread, and will also stop smoke from spreading throughout the rest of the building. Depending on the type of glass, the glazed panel will also act as an insulator, protecting the rest of the site against the heat of the fire. All rated fire doors which contain glass use fire rated glass according to building regulations.
To put it simply, fire doors save lives and are a must in every building and houses!
Now that we’ve learned the difference between normal doors and fire doors, it’s now time to make a smart choice.
The experts at EPEE Fire Door understand the importance of having a safe, robust fire door that allows you and those in your building to exit the premises quickly and safely during an emergency situation. Our doors are fully qualified. And with our team we can install an array of fire doors in any property at ease.
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